Be Careful: A Single Step Can Break Your Knee

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A person’s knees are the most overused part of the body. We make use of it from sun-up til sundown. When the knee caps become dislocated, the function of these knees can be greatly impaired, let alone even straightening the knees.

No one can tell the exact feeling of a person suffering from a knee dislocation; after all it is indeed suffering at its worst because it can cause severe, excruciating pain that a person must endure. Knee dislocation can happen anytime, anywhere and to anyone. This means that a person must be careful in making sudden moves, especially those involving movements of the knees.

But what, really is KNEE DISLOCATION- It is a serious, painful injury that needs immediate medical attention. It is commonly used term to infer a dislocated patella. Thus, when someone says that they have a dislocated knee, they probably mean that they have a dislocated knee-cap which can be brought about by a sharp and hard blow to the knee-cap.

How Does A Dislocated Knee Happen?

The patella on the knee gets dislocated due to a variety of reasons. The most common occurrence for the dislocation of the knee is due to a crushing, forceful blow at the knee, mostly seen in people who had a car crash accident. Another is when the knee twists and the quadriceps muscles contract at the same time. When the kneecap is dislocated, it can slip sideways and around to the outside of the knee.

What happens when the knee dislocates?

When the knee dislocates, there are significant damages to the soft-tissues around the joint. Ligaments and cartilages surrounding the knee are most often than not damaged. Hence, establishing which ligaments are damaged is usually the first step in evaluating a knee dislocation. Almost always, both the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) are torn. More so, the collateral ligaments, cartilage and meniscus can also be damaged. Knee dislocation certainly, needs an immediate medical attention. An injury of the cruciate nerve and vascular structures surrounding the knee makes the situation threatening to the point that knee injuries might require an emergency surgery.

What Symptoms Occur With A Dislocated Knee?

Symptoms of a dislocated knee-cap usually involve severe pain and tenderness due to the involvement of the pain receptors; immediate swelling because the body activates the inflammatory response to contain the injury; a visible displacement of the knee cap, usually to the outside of the knee joint and lastly, an inability to straighten your leg.

First aid management of knee dislocation includes, among others, stabilizing the knee. Do not try to treat yourself or another athlete when a dislocation has occurred, except if your aim is to immobilize the knee. Get medical help as immediate as possible. Ice packs can be used to lessen the bleeding and swelling around the injured area. However, it is still best to rush the injured person to the nearest hospital for proper and immediate intervention.

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